The Sagehen Creek Trail near Truckee is one of the best trails for all ages to hike. Mostly contained within the Tahoe National Forest, the trail is fairly level, shaded most of the way, and dog-friendly as well. The total hike includes five easy miles with a blend of views from forest to meadows.
From May through mid-June, masses of wildflowers bloom along the trail. The Sagehen Creek wildflower tour begins when the much anticipated camas lilies erupt in late May in the meadows, while purple Penstemon and red Columbine are seen along the trail. You may see the rare Water Buttercup that grows in the Creek if you’re lucky. Arrowleaf Balsamroot adds splashes of yellow, and the Bridges Pincushion brings a bit of lavender color.
Follow Highway 89 about 7 miles north of Truckee. There is a pullout for the trail on the east side, where the highway crosses Sagehen Creek.
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